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Special Holi for US guests

Dhanbad, March 15: Holi came early for the 90-odd physically and mentally challenged children of Jivan Jyoti School, Dhanbad.

Today, the special children smeared gulal on some very special guests, who have come all the way from the US to celebrate Holi with them. The festivities with the six-member team of Rotarians on the campus will continue on Sunday and Monday. Nancy Berbil, Collen Vandona, John Lewinsky, Kevy, Chris Jones and Colin Jones, who reached Dhanbad last night, also asked the children about the problems they faced.

Speaking to mediapersons, John Lewinsky said he was delighted to be in the coal town and added that support and motivation can go a long way in helping special children. “We are eagerly waiting to play full-fledged Holi with these children,” he added.

Sources said the Rotarians, who hail from Washington DC, North Carolina and Virginia, had shown keen interest in coming down to Dhanbad to celebrate Holi with the children at Jivan Jyoti School, which is supported by the Dhanbad unit of Rotary Club.

The guests visited Azadpur, Pandupala and Shivpuri neighbourhoods of Bhuli zone to gather first-hand information about polio eradication programme in three areas. They also stopped at a crematorium ground in Matkuria to inspect the progress of a sanitation drive carried out by Rotary Club.

President Rotarian Sanjay Khemka said the team would leave on Tuesday. “Our fellow Rotarians visited three places in Dhanbad to take stock of work done by the club’s local unit. They have appreciated out efforts,” stated Khemka.